Retreats

Discover a Deeper Way of Living

Vallecitos Mountain Retreat Center offers a retreat for almost everyone. Our schedule carries a generous offering of Insight Meditation Retreats as well as secular retreats that cater to specific populations.  On our 2017 schedule you will find retreats for educators, people of color, women, and substance abuse professionals, to name a few.  We are here to help you find a retreat that is right for you.

“I am so much more aware of the path I want to be on and the power of the sacred in my life.”
– Cristina Mormorunni

 

Acupuncturists Without Borders Sponsored Retreat: Awakening to the Five Elements in the Wild, Deepening Your Practice Through Ancient Wisdom Traditions

May 13 - 18, 2017
With Anne Dellenbaugh, Diana Fried and Brigid Ting The course is open to all healers, health care practitioners, and those interested in the healing arts. This training will include:  Teachings on Five Elements  Personal guided Five Element explorations immersed in nature  Five Element Energy Medicine Yoga  Yoga Nidra  Qigong  Personal talk from Anne Dellenbaugh on healing from cancer with natural medicine  Healing with Intention and Healing Message (Brigid Ting NADA method)  Five Element Meditation for you and your patients 29 acupuncture CEU’s (including 2 Safety, 2 Ethics)  

UNM Sponsored Retreat for Student Veterans

May 18 - 22, 2017
With Peggy Spencer, MD and Dana Moore, M.A.R., MA The UNM Student Veterans Retreat assists military veterans in the transition from military life to student life using these three interwoven components: Mindfulness training. Mindfulness has been defined as “present moment awareness without judgement.” Using simple breath and body awareness, you will learn to quiet your mind and focus your attention. Mindfulness practice has been shown to improve health, mitigate pain and manage stress. We use meditation, movement and creative arts to teach and practice this vital skill. Camaraderie. Veterans have unique experiences not shared by the traditional college student, and going…

Wisdom of No Technology

With Dyanna Taylor and Don Usner

May 27 - June 2, 2017
Our worlds are often demanding and competitive, a tangle of unrelenting pressures compounded by the pace new technologies demand while trying to give our best to our work and personal lives. Seldom is there time to stop, take stock of where we are and rediscover the gifts of our extraordinary senses, the depths of the night sky, the peace of a pristine mountain valley, periods of true silence. This retreat offers us a chance to unwind and recharge the capacity to create, to remember our unique gifts and return to the roots of perception and inspiration. During extended day hikes…
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Belonging, Connection, and Nature: Coming Home Together

With DaRa Williams, Erin Treat, Sebene Selassie and Solwazi Johnson (Assistant)

June 2 - 7, 2017
The inspiration to offer this retreat emerged from its teachers, as a result of many years of being together in dharma practice, teaching, and spiritual friendship.  The retreat will be grounded in the teachings of the Four Noble Truths, the refuges, and the practices of lovingkindness and compassion.  This unique retreat will offer regular vipassana instruction, with particular attention both to the gifts of practicing in wild nature and the power of coming together in relationship as we explore our ways of belonging and what prevents us from our inherent interconnection to all. We will explore how to connect with…
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Meditation Retreat for People of Color

With Mushim Ikeda, Bonnie Duran and Vance Pryor (Assistant)

June 16 - 21, 2017
In many traditions, people journey into the wilderness for contemplation and purification. How often do we have the opportunity to connect to our deepest intentions and to experience spiritual renewal? Taking place at 9,000 feet in pristine meadowland in New Mexico, the Vallecitos People of Color Retreat is designed to offer and support a practical introduction to insight meditation (vipassana). Meditation embodies the essence and wisdom of the teachings of the Buddha and has been the foundation of Buddhist teachings for 2,500 years. It is a simple and direct practice. Meditation is extraordinary in its simplicity, its lack of dogma…
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Going Against the Stream: Mindfulness and Compassion to Awaken the Heart

With Dave Smith and Cheryl Slean

June 22 - 29, 2017
During this 7-day Insight meditation retreat, we will learn to develop a greater sense of care for ourselves and for our world through the revolutionary practices of the Dharma. Using a hybrid of mindfulness, loving-kindness and compassion meditation techniques, we will develop emotional balance by uncovering what blocks us from our own well-being, and begin to free ourselves into the heart of wisdom and compassion. Each day will include periods of sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, interviews and some group process. Through meditative insight, we see clearly that our thoughts and emotions don’t need to define or control us. In their…
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Insight Meditation Retreat

With Trudy Goodman, Wes Nisker and Grove Burnett

June 29 - July 6, 2017
We invite you to follow the advice of the Buddha and come to the forest for a traditional insight meditation retreat. People who have done meditation practice in a wilderness setting are profoundly moved by the experience and often report a new sense of enchantment and connection with the world. This meditation retreat is designed to introduce you to the practice of mindfulness or insight meditation, and/or to cultivate and deepen your existing practice. Insight meditation embodies the essence and wisdom of the teachings of the Buddha and has been the foundation of Buddhist teachings for 2,500 years.  It is…
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Awake in the Wild: Meditation in Nature Retreat

With Mark Coleman

July 7 - 13, 2017
“The wilderness holds answers to more questions than we yet know how to ask.”  – Nancy Newhall Following ancient spiritual traditions that value the transformative power of nature, this workshop will be spent meditating outdoors in the natural beauty and mystery here at Vallecitos Mountain Ranch.  Whether it is during sunset meditations, listening to the soothing sounds of the river, or sitting graced in the stillness of the aspen trees, we will open to the profound serenity and wisdom of nature. Participants will learn about the practice of Mindfulness – the capacity to be present to ourselves and our environment…
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Drinking from the Inner River: A Women’s Meditation Retreat in Nature

With Anne Cushman and Erin Treat

July 15 - 19, 2017
Nourish your wild spirit and reconnect with your own deepest nature in an embodied meditation retreat specifically designed to honor the unique needs and treasures of a woman’s journey.  In the company of rushing rivers, clear ponds, abundant wildlife, and ancient ponderosa pines, we’ll reunite with our bodies, our hearts, and our own innate wholeness, compassion, and intuitive wisdom. In a circle of women held within the intimate container of silent retreat, we’ll deepen into an approach to meditative practice that honors the creative, intuitive, embodied, and relational dimensions of a woman’s life. Each day will include vipassana-style sitting and walking meditation; gentle, mindful…
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Mindfulness in Education Residential Retreat

With Erin Treat and Kate Munding

July 21 - 26, 2017
Educators know that come springtime graduation, our reserves and abilities to be energized, generous, present and sincerely engaged and enjoying our day-to-day endeavors are often depleted and taxed. To do our vital work well, we need to give ourselves the time and support to reignite, recharge, and continue to develop the capacities of our hearts and minds to be caring and present with students, colleagues, parents, our families, ourselves, and our lives. The rapidly growing body of research is striking and compelling: mindfulness meditation practices offer powerful antidotes to school-related stressors, and rich opportunities to grow markedly in our abilities to manage stress and to focus, engage, and relate compassionately with ourselves and with…
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Affectionate Awareness as a Path to Liberation Retreat

With Michelle McDonald and Jesse Maceo Vega-Frey

July 26 - August 4, 2017
Develop your heart’s capacity for liberatory clarity and kindness with this unique integration of Metta (lovingkindness) and Vipassana (insight) practices. Experience the richness of quietude in the beautiful Vallecitos wilderness while cultivating the wisdom of Vipassana and the tenderness of the 4 Brahma Viharas: Unconditional Love, Compassion, Appreciative Joy, and Equanimity. Michele and Jesse are enthusiastic about supporting yogis with both technical rigor and spacious ease. Michele has been teaching vipassana since 1982. She emphasizes a 6-sense door awareness steeped in reverence for our bodies and helps students find their natural entry points into stillness. She encourages a gentle strengthening of mindfulness and concentration so that people can access the peaceful depths…
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Cultivating the Inner Holding Environment: An Intensive Mindfulness Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

With Bill Morgan, Susan Morgan and Ron Siegel

August 5 - 12, 2017
We are pleased to offer the 9th annual mindfulness retreat for mental health professionals at Vallecitos. Many in our field have been studying mindfulness and its clinical applications for years but have not found time for more intensive meditation practice. Others appreciate the opportunity to refresh their meditation practice with like-minded colleagues. By deliberately stepping out of everyday life and into a retreat environment, the subtle habit patterns of heart and mind are more easily accessed, and mindfulness can begin to deepen. This week we will study and practice setting up the internal environment conducive for making progress in mindfulness meditation.…
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Working with Challenging Mind States and their Antidotes: An Intensive Mindfulness Retreat for Mental Health Professionals

With Bill Morgan, Susan Morgan and Willa Miller

August 12 - 19, 2017
Many in our field have been studying mindfulness and its clinical applications for years but have not found time for more intensive meditation practice. Others appreciate the opportunity to refresh their meditation practice with like-minded colleagues. By deliberately stepping out of everyday life and into a pristine retreat environment, the subtle habit patterns of heart and mind are more easily accessed, and mindfulness can begin to deepen. Join us for a different kind of retreat, one that brings Theravada (vipassana) and Tibetan perspectives into conversation and into practice as we work with challenging mind states and their antidotes. Joining us…
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The Natural Path to the Heart’s Liberation: A Silent Vipassana Retreat in the Forest

With Brian LeSage and Erin Treat

August 19 - 25, 2017
Join us to practice the timeless teachings of the Buddha as a pathway to discover inner peace, freedom, and the compassionate heart.  This retreat is designed to offer and support a practical introduction to insight meditation, known as Vipassana in the Buddhist tradition.  Insight meditation embodies the essence and wisdom of the teachings of the Buddha and has been the foundation of Buddhist teachings for 2,500 years.  This silent retreat will focus upon cultivating embodied presence and mindful awareness that embraces the human experience with acceptance and wisdom. Following the early Buddhist tradition, we will utilize the natural surroundings to support our inner exploration. …
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Sacred Sound, Insight And Silence: Meditation And Music In The Deep Woods

With Jennifer Berezan and Erin Treat

August 28 - September 1, 2017
The retreat will combine two ancient spiritual practices–meditation and music–as a path to opening one’s heart and uncovering one’s true nature. There will be a progressive training, with guided instruction, in the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation, including periods of sitting and walking meditation in silence. Woven throughout the meditation practice, participants will engage in a wide range of musical experiences, from traditional and contemporary traditions, including sessions of chant, song, and deep listening. The meditation practice and musical experience are all designed to create equanimity, joy, and healing, and both will be offered in a safe, lighthearted, and sacred environment.…
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Natural Wisdom and Compassion

With Alexis Santos and Steve Armstrong

September 1 - 8, 2017
During this weeklong retreat, we will explore and cultivate the practice of awareness that leads to liberation and well-being. There will be an emphasis on understanding “how to practice”  as taught by Sayadaw U Tejaniya. When the mind is supported by skillful knowledge and is unclouded by confusion, greed or negativity, reality is accurately recognized. We see that everything that appears is the natural display of impersonal conditions giving rise to their lawful effect. In the ease of noticing our own experience, moment by moment, the natural wisdom and compassion of the mind can blossom. In support of this relaxed,…
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Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) 5-day Training Retreat

With Kristy Arbon and Megan Leuchars

September 9 - 14, 2017
Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) is an empirically-supported program designed to cultivate the skill of self-compassion. Based on pioneering research by Kristin Neff, PhD, and integrated with the clinical perspective of Chris Germer, PhD, MSC teaches core principles and practices that enable participants to respond to difficult emotions with kindness and understanding. Self-compassion is the emotional attitude of mindfulness when we contact suffering. While mindful awareness is typically directed toward moment-to-moment experience, self-compassion focuses on the experiencer. Mindfulness says, “Open to your suffering with spacious awareness and it will change.” Self-compassion adds, “Be kind to yourself in the midst of suffering and…
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Awakening the Heart in Nature

With Peter Williams and Victoria Wolf Capron

September 29 - October 4, 2017
This retreat will help participants connect with their heart through meditation and immersion in nature. Contact with nature offers a place of healing for difficult states such as sadness and fear, while activating our joy, inspiration, and delight. Meditation allows us to feel all our emotions, bringing kindness to whatever arises, while letting go of the stories that so often trouble us. As we gain skill in working with our emotions, we discover a confidence that we can handle whatever life throws at us. This allows the heart to awaken even more deeply, loosening its preoccupation with the small self,…
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Mindfulness 101: Introduction to the Fundamentals, In the Mountains!

With Grove Burnett and Ann Friedman, PhD (Assistant)

October 5 - 8, 2017
How often have you wondered what mindfulness and meditation are all about?  How exactly does it work?  Does it do any good? Do regular people do it? Isn’t it just running away from reality, escaping the world? In the last decade mindfulness has exploded onto the American landscape and the science of meditation has skyrocketed.    Once regarded as a weird and exotic activity, mindfulness is now practiced by more than 30 million Americans and is central to the lives of people of all ages, backgrounds, and professions. The reason for this rapidly increasing popularity and application is simple: MINDFULNESS WORKS. Mindfulness…
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UNM Sponsored Retreat for Student Veterans

October 11 - 15, 2017
With Peggy Spencer, MD and Dana Moore, M.A.R., MA The UNM Student Veterans Retreat assists military veterans in the transition from military life to student life using these three interwoven components: Mindfulness training. Mindfulness has been defined as “present moment awareness without judgement.” Using simple breath and body awareness, you will learn to quiet your mind and focus your attention. Mindfulness practice has been shown to improve health, mitigate pain and manage stress. We use meditation, movement and creative arts to teach and practice this vital skill. Camaraderie. Veterans have unique experiences not shared by the traditional college student, and going…